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What can I do with frozen cheese ravioli?

QueenB May 4, 2007 09:37 AM

I've got some frozen cheese ravs that I would like for dinner tonight. I'm just tired of the same old tomato sauce that I serve with them.

Any ideas on some new, yummy ways to eat them? Either a different sauce, or casserole or something? I'm heading to the grocery store after work, so it's not a problem to pick up ingredients.

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    Louise May 6, 2007 09:19 PM

    You've probaby fixed dinner already, but if you steamed/roasted small chunks of winter squash and tossed the raviolis with the squash then brown butter, sizzled sage, and a squeeze of lemon juice over, yum yum.

    Also, you can fry some very thin (between dime & quarter thickness) slices of summer squash in olive oil til crinkled and slightly browned, then toss with the ravioli for a 'sauce'. Tips: only a few coins at a time, and top the ravioli with them right at serving time, else they sog. Toss pasta with some of the frying oil. This is a Sicilian recipe. Also works with baby eggplants though I've only tried zucchini and it's delicious.

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      LizATL May 6, 2007 10:53 PM

      Weirdly enough, frozen ravioli are delicious boiled and then baked briefly with good tomato sauce and the addition of some re-constituted wood ear mushrooms. Nice crunch of the mushrooms to contrast the cheesy goodness,

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      Mel May 4, 2007 05:46 PM

      i got a recipe from allrecipes.com that is my favorite... but to summarize, you take 1/2 lb ground beef or tureky and saute it up, add a can of marinara (or other pasta sauce) and a 14oz can of diced tomatoes (I also add some hot pepper flakes). Put some sauce on the bottom of a 9x13. layer with frozen ravioli, a handful of shredded mozzarela, and then sauce. Repeat. ending with sauce. cook at 350 for about 45 minutes covered. then top with handful of either mozzarela or parmasean cheese and cook for 10 or so more minutes and serve. The sauce thickens nicely and the ravioli's come out nice and tender. it is the new way that I now cook the standard ravioli's and sauce.

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        Alice Letseat May 5, 2007 11:38 AM

        You could also do a variation on the black pepper - pecorino sauce (see LA Times Food cookbook review of "Lidia's Italy" - link still has recipes....) - but it's basically crushed black peppercorns tossed with pasta and lightened with the cooking water...

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        Claygirl1 May 4, 2007 01:22 PM

        If you have a lot of energy you could make a heavenly roasted veggie stew to serve over them. Start by caramelizing a large sweet onion-(takes forever but soo worth it) Then add about a cup of white wine to onions after the are really brown and yummy. Roast an eggplant, red pepper and whole chunks of garlic tossed wth olive oil salt and pepper in a hot oven. When roasted veggies are done toss them in with the onion white wine mix and stir. Serve the whole mess over cooked Raviolis with good parm. This combo makes the house smell so good.

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          mojoeater May 4, 2007 10:46 AM

          How about toasted pine nuts, fresh basil & parmesan with olive oil and/or butter?

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            chilicrema May 4, 2007 12:54 PM

            If you are feeling adventurous, FRY them! Or make a gratin with cream butter and parmesan. How about brown butter and sage, yum, and if you can throw some butternut squash in the mix. I am hungry...I need lunch!

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              VirgoBlue May 5, 2007 10:37 AM

              Giada has a great recipe for Fried Ravioli, which is a popular snack in St. Louis. Just dip them in buttermilk, coat in seasoned breadcrumbs, and fry until golden brown. And you can use a marinara sauce for dipping, too.

              http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

          2. DanaB May 4, 2007 10:40 AM

            I posted a similar question a while back about store-bought ravioli when I was looking for some different ideas on what to do with them. There were several interesting responses. Here's the thread for your reference:

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/346235

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              QueenB May 4, 2007 10:45 AM

              Thanks Dana, I tried to do a search, but well...you know.

            2. Anonimo May 4, 2007 09:48 AM

              You could serve them with a basil pesto sauce; you could dip them in bread crumbs and fry them St. Louis style. You could layer them in a greased baking dish with or without layers of cooked, seasoned ground meat OR spinach, and some sauce, Plus Mozz cheese and Parmesan, for "Easy Lasagna".

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                ccbweb May 4, 2007 10:54 AM

                I was thinking of the easy lasagna idea, too. In a casserole with some blanched spinach, some bechamel and whatever cheese you like. Pretty tasty sounding, I may have to give it a shot myself.

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                  kleinfortlee May 6, 2007 07:47 PM

                  ccbweb,
                  raviolis make a terrific lasagne, however you sauce/layer them...so quick, easy, and delicious...i've passed it off as homemade lasagne done with homemade pasta noodles myself, and no one was the wiser...always gets raves! (i laugh, to myself)

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                    QueenB May 7, 2007 06:45 AM

                    I'm definitely going to try this. Quick question though...do you cook the ravioli first, or layer them frozen and bake?

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                      kleinfortlee May 7, 2007 07:33 PM

                      queen-

                      just thaw them by leaving them out...while you prepare the other ingredients to personalize your "lasagne" (wink, wink)
                      try this dish...i believe you'll love it...it's a real keeper

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